Trump’s ‘Gettysburg Address’ Makes Closing Argument For Choosing Him And Unveils First-100-Days Agenda As He Promises ‘The Kind Of Change That Only Arrives Once In A Lifetime’
‘First 100 days’ agenda speech formalized his mainstay political pledges with promises of legislation and executive orders
- Called it a ‘Contract with the American Voter,’ modeling it after the 1994 Republican ‘Contract with America’
- Trump touted ‘the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime’ and made his final substantive pitch to frame the campaign’s last two weeks
- Told an audience of about 300 invited guests that he will ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington
- Borrowed a line from Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 speech, saying he would replace D.C. elites ‘with a new government of, by and for the people.’
- A Trump aide said the Civil War battlefield site is appropriate because ‘Gettysburg was the moment when the war turned’
- The candidate briefly visited the site of the famed Civil War battle after his speech
Donald Trump planted a flag on hallowed ground Saturday morning by laying out near the Gettysburg National Battlefield what he would do in his first 100 days as President of the United States.
Touting ‘the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime,’ Trump told an audience of about 300 invited guests that he will ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington, replacing the current government ‘with a new government of, by and for the people.’
Trump’s own war – a two-front clash against both Hillary Clinton and the mass media – will come to a climax on November 8 when most Americans will choose a leader for the next four years.
He summed up the substance of his campaign in a ‘Contract With The American Voter’ – a point-by-point set of initiatives that track with the themes he has focused on for 16 months.
‘It is a contract between myself and the American voter, and begins with restoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington,’ Trump said.
Included are six anti-corruption pledges, seven actions related to jobs and trade and five on immigration and the ‘rule of law.’ He ended his contract with a list of 10 bills he said he would try to quickly shepherd through Congress.
Trump reinforced his improbable but now undeniable populist bona fides, casting Clinton as the embodiment of a corrupt political establishment that’s willing to throw the middle class under bus the day after Americans vote.
‘Hillary Clinton is running against all of the American people, and all of the American voters,’ he said.
Saturday’s two loudest applause lines were Trump’s pledge to repeal and replace the Obamacare medical insurance law and to end federal funding for ‘sanctuary cities’ – Democrat-run municipalities that offer safe harbor to illegal immigrants.
The policy agenda Trump described, a senior campaign aide said Friday night, was far beyond what Democrat Hillary Clinton could put on the table.
She can’t articulate her policy goals, the aide said, because her donors haven’t yet told her what to think.
The aide described Saturday’s event as ‘our chance to lay out a positive vision for the country, from Mr. Trump, about what he’s going to do in his first 100 days in office, and how he’s going to go about doing it.’